Blue Holly, Meserve Holly, Meserve Hybrid Holly
Ilex x meserveae 'Castle Spire'

Family: Aquifoliaceae (a-kwee-foh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ilex (EYE-leks) (Info)
Species: x meserveae (MESS-erv-ay) (Info)
Cultivar: Castle Spire
Additional cultivar information:(PP14310, aka Hachfee)
Hybridized by Hachmann
Registered or introduced: 2002

Category:

Shrubs

Height:

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

Spacing:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Shiny/Glossy-Textured

Other details:

Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Patented

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Yonkers, New York

Warrenton, Virginia

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Apr 7, 2011, dennyboy34 from Yonkers, NY wrote:

Planted a 50' hedge row of Castle Spire and a smaller 15' hedge row of Castle Wall (for pollination purposes) in 2010. Plants to start were quart size (about 8" to 12" in height). All survived a tough NY winter with little damage; they were buried under several feet of snow for weeks and only had some broken branches here and there after thawing. Note, the leaf form of these two cultivars is slightly, but noticably, different. They should not be used in the same hedge row. The habit of Castle Wall Holly (male) is a little different than Castle Spire (female). If using them in the same planting, the differences will stand out. Try planting Castle Wall nearby but in a different planting than the Castle Spire. Fertilized with holly food in the fall and spring. These cultivars, like m... read more